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Tim Minnick, a Leander resident, has been a fitness instructor at Gold's Gym in Ceder Park for six years. In his time as a fitness instructor, he became the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the oldest active fitness instructor at age 79, as well as a 2022 SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year Award finalist.

Minnick became a fitness instructor at age 73, after looking for something to keep him busy when he sold his business and years after his wife passed away. But training has turned into so much more for him.

He says being a trainer has allowed him to meet lots of new people and be a positive influence in their life. It's also been important for his own personal health, he adds.

"I look at somebody and say, 'You can do more than you think you can do,'" Minnick told Austonia. "Almost all of them can... they just have to get in their mind they can whatever I'm asking them to do... and that's very enjoyable. I can cite cases for an hour, but it means something, and the bottom line is to take control of your health."

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